Dr Nick Merriman, Chair
Dr Nick Merriman has been Chair of Rothesay Pavilion since its inception in 2014, and has been a regular visitor to Bute for over a decade, having owned a house on the island throughout that time. He recently relocated to become Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, having led the management team at Manchester Museum for 12 years. He has worked at the Museum of London and at University College London, and chaired numerous national bodies including the Council for British Archaeology, and the Collections Trust.
David McEntee, Treasurer
A regular Bute visitor, David’s enthusiasm for the island comes through a history of family connections with Bute. A chartered accountant based in Glasgow, David currently works as Fund accountant at Scottish Equity Partners, a venture capital firm with a 20-year strong track record of investment in high growth technology companies in the UK and beyond. He is a keen distance runner, raising money for various charitable causes along the way. David joined the board in 2018 and serves as treasurer.
Dorothy McDonald, Company Secretary
Dorothy McDonald is the Director of Achievement Bute, a local voluntary organisation and registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Achievement Bute promotes and supports the inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of community life. Her team works collaboratively with a range of arts organisations to provide arts, cultural and play events, and activities for all children and young people on Bute. Dorothy is a permanent resident of Bute who joined the Board in 2014, becoming company secretary in 2016.
Simon Groom
Simon Groom graduated with a degree in English Literature from Edinburgh University, and an MA and PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He worked as the curator at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, before becoming Head of Exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, where he curated numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary international art before being appointed Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. He has played an active role in many cultural institutions, including as Governor of Glasgow School of Art, Member of the National Cultural Diplomacy Group, Arts Advisory Group and Acquisitions Committee at the British Council, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Art UK. Simon is a regular visitor to Bute.
Phyllis Steel
Phyllis Steel actively supports artists and arts organisations through mentoring programmes, artistic and organisational development and business planning. She has worked with a number of major arts venues and festivals throughout Scotland either as artistic director or guest programmer. She has toured theatre, dance and music nationally/internationally, and has served as a Specialist Adviser to Creative Scotland on Gaelic Arts, Disability Arts, Capital Projects, Dance and Children’s Arts. Phyllis has also served on the Boards of eight diverse arts organisations and venues, joining Rothesay Pavilion Board in 2014. Phyllis is a Gestalt-trained coach/mentor and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. She is a resident of both Bute and Paisley.
Tim Saul
Chairman of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival and restaurant owner, Tim Saul lives on Bute. A passionate jazz musician, he is also involved with other community organisations, including as a director of Bute Berthing Company, the Bute Community Band and the Port Bannatyne Moorings association. He is also a member of the judging panel for the Scottish Jazz Awards, and plays guitar in the gypsy jazz quartet, Les Gitanes, who are based on Bute. Tim joined the Board in 2014.
Nicola Jones
A Board member since 2014, Nicola Jones is an award-winning multimedia, creativity and computer studies educator and recognised local Ambassador for Voluntary Arts Scotland with a solid reputation for initiating and managing inspiring community projects. She is a native of Ardrishaig, who returned to Argyll in 2000 after graduating with a BSc in multimedia. She has helped bring much-needed funding to Bute, and continues to work tirelessly to create sustainable, inclusive community assets to empower current and future generations. Nicola’s signature style is reflected in her trademarked clothing brand – The Highland Dancer – in which she captures the colours and scenes of the island under her Bute Gifts brand.
John Thomas
Edinburgh-born, John Thomas grew up in Cheshire and moved to Bute in 2010. His professional career has been spent in a variety of positions in secondary and further education in the arts, culminating in the position of Head of Foundation and Art & Design at City College, Manchester, now part of The Manchester College. He undertook projects with The Royal Northern College of Music, Bridgewater Hall, Library Theatre Company, and study visits in UK, Ireland, Spain and New York. He has also spent time working with the Parole Board at Styal prison in Cheshire, as a senior moderator for UK examination boards, and is now director of a Manchester-based childcare company. John is married with four children, two of whom live on Bute, and six grandchildren. He is a permanent resident of Bute who joined the Board in 2014.
Lisa Kapur
Lisa is Arts Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council and works on the delivery of the culture strategy within the city, including the award of cultural grant funding. Lisa has held posts with a range of national and public sector cultural organisations, including Creative Scotland, the Scottish Arts Council and the National Galleries of Scotland. She has project managed the set-up of high profile new initiatives, including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Youth Music Initiative and the inaugural Edinburgh Art Festival. Lisa lives in Edinburgh with her husband and daughter, and is a regular visitor to Bute.
Allison Harley

Allison Harley has lived on Bute for 16 years, and joined the Board of Rothesay Pavilion in 2016. Originally moving to the island to restore and run a large hotel with her husband, Allison now owns and runs a gift shop in the centre of Rothesay. She has two grown-up children who were raised on the island, and is keen to promote the opportunities the Pavilion can offer to young people following the completion of renovation works. 

Peter Griffiths
Peter Griffiths has been a marketing professional since the nineties, in industries including renewables, plant equipment, architecture, and forklift trucks. Peter is currently Senior Marcoms Manager for CalMac Ferries, which delivers tourism and lifeline ferry services to the west coast of Scotland including to the island of Bute. Over and above his role as a full-time marketing person, Peter is a part-time gig-goer, occasional DJ, and ‘pretend’ drummer. He once co-authored a guide on the safe siting of wind turbines, and invented the “Seppie Special” pizza – what is this pizza?. In his spare time, Peter enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Janet McAlister
Janet McAlister lives on Bute with her daughter Jessica, and works as Technical Services Director for social housing landlord Fyne Homes. She has over 28 years’ experience in the social housing sector, with direct involvement in the areas of repairs, maintenance, capital improvements and new build. Janet is also Director and Chair of Glasgow-based Standing Tall Arts, an organisation set up to deliver arts activities for unaccompanied minors living in Scotland. Janet joined the Board of Rothesay Pavilion in 2016.